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Biologist and First Nations Chiefs Sued by Fish Farm Company

November 23, 2016

Fish-farming company Marine Harvest is suing biologist Alexandra Morton and three unnamed First Nations chiefs with trespassing on one of their facilities.

B.C. Commits to Indigenous Control of Child-Welfare Decisions

November 22, 2016

In response to a report on how the province's child welfare system fails Indigenous children, the government of British Columbia has committed to handing over control of child-welfare decisions in aboriginal communities to Indigenous authorities.

MMIW Inquiry will Examine Police Behaviour

November 22, 2016

The commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls have announced that they will include examinations of police behaviour in their investigations.

Federal Government Fails to Meet Indigenous Hiring Targets

November 21, 2016

Despite a two-decade-old promise to fill half of all departmental positions with Indigenous hires, and a recent explosion of job postings, the Department of Indigenous Affairs has failed to hire many Indigenous workers under the Trudeau administration.

Heiltsuk Nation Claims Government Hiding Information about Sunken Tug's Impact

November 11, 2016

In the wake of the sinking of a tug boat off the coast of Bella Bella, the Heiltsuk Nation has issued a release stating that the federal government is hiding information about the environmental impacts of the incident.

New Brunswick First Nation Claims One Third of Province

November 9, 2016

New Brunswick's Elsipogtog First Nation has filed a land claim requesting aboriginal title to one-third of the province's territory. The claim was motivated by fears triggered by shale gas exploration three years ago.

RCMP Kept a List of Indigenous Activists Considered "Threats"

November 8, 2016

An Access to Information request has revealed that between 2014 and 2015, the RCMP compiled a list of 89 Indigenous activists it considered "threats."

Barge Flips in Waters where Tug Sank off Heiltsuk Nation

November 7, 2016

Fewer than four weeks after the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat ran aground off B.C.'s central coast, causing a diesel fuel spill, a barge transporting gravel has flipped in nearby waters, alarming members of the nearby Heiltsuk Nation.

Vancouver's Downtown East Side Gets Survivors Totem Pole

November 5, 2016

A new totem pole, designed by Haida carver Skundaal Bernie Williams, has been erected in Vancouver's Pigeon Park, in the heart of the Downtown East Side.

Kinder Morgan Expects Standing Rock-style Protests if Trans Mountain Pipeline Approved

November 5, 2016

Kinder Morgan is bracing itself for the possibility of major protests if their proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project is approved in 2017.

Premier Clark Claims First Nations Support for Woodfibre LNG Project

November 4, 2016

Premier Christy Clark announced that local First Nations leadership is supportive of the Woodfibre Liquified Natural Gas terminal project proposed for a location outside Squamish.

Federal Government Says First Nations Consent Not Required for Resource Projects

November 4, 2016

Canada's Natural Resources Minister told reporters that the federal government sees the extent of its responsibility to First Nations consisting of consultation and accommodation, but that getting their consent for major resource projects is not required.

Educator Works for Inclusion of First People's Content in BC Curriculum

November 3, 2016

Jo Chrona is the curriculum coordinator at the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), and is working to ensure that First People's content is included in the new high school curriculum being developed in British Columbia.

MP Proposes National Indian Residential School Reconciliation and Memorial Day

November 1, 2016

Winnipeg MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette has proposed a Private Members Bill recommending that June 2 be declared a national Indian Residential School Reconciliation and Memorial Day. He hopes that a cabinet member will champion the bill so that it stands a better chance of passing.

BC First Nations Sue to Stop Pacific Northwest LNG Facility

October 28, 2016

Two First Nations groups and an environmental organization have filed suit to stop contstruction on the proposed Pacific Northwest Liquified Natural Gas plant, recently approved by the federal government.

Social Media Livestreams Show Standing Rock Conditions to the World

October 27, 2016

Despite unreliable cellular service, protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline are livestreaming video via social networking sites to keep up awareness of their conditions. 

Federal Government Pushing for On-Reserve Child Welfare Reform

October 27, 2016

The federal government has appointed Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux as a special representative to tackle the challenge of improving the quality on-reserve child welfare services.

Manitoba Legislature Condemns Ottawa for Failure to Improve Services for Indigenous Children

October 26, 2016

Manitoba's provincial legislature has passed a motion put forward by NDP MLA Wab Kinew, condemning the federal government for under-funding social services for Canada's Indigenous children.

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